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Big news coming out of North Korea today as pictures surfaced of former US President Bill Clinton in a photo-op with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il (August 4, 2009).

The purpose of Clinton’s surprise visit to North Korea was to negotiate the release of two US journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who were sentenced earlier this year to 12 years of hard labor for illegal entry and committing hostilities toward North Korea. Clinton is the first US representative to meet with Kim Jong Il since 2000 when Madeleine K. Albright visited Pyongyang.

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Photo: Reuters/KCNA

Here’s one more taken from a photo of a television screen.

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Photo: Reuters/KCNA